JoAnne: Thank you for this picture of my Meng. Although he does look sort of like an emo hipster in a white turtleneck having a bit of a pout on his bed, complete with man bun.
Wow. You're on to something. General Meng, the first hipster in history?
Eleanor: My first thought was: I didn't remember Meng Zhi having a tattoo, oh wait, it's a pillow. Perhaps I should clean my glasses or put in my contacts or something.
I was so worried YuJin's dad was going to be one of the bad guys. He took an ill-advised detour but he'll be okay!
Aw. I feel so badly for him. He helped put the Emperor on the throne and all he got in return was the love of his life stolen and his best friends massacred. I'm so glad that Mei Changsu is looking out for him. Now maybe he can try and be a better father to Yujin.
Which of course means that he WILL. Sorry, Sunny Boy.
I wonder sometimes how this must just wear on Lin Shu. The Marquis is someone he knew as Lin Shu I believe and not only is he desperately trying to bring justice to his family and the Chiyan warriors, but he is also trying to protect all the living who are or were once dear to him and his family. Oh Mei Changsu. I know he's a strategist, but I do think that he is honourable.
Ugh. If only the world had changed since then. We need love in this world! Not slimeballs.
That Li Gang is one smart guy.
I also really love him in The Diguiser (he's Airplane Wang's buddy in the KMT).
He wasn't fully serious, it's true, but those 'jokes' are often our subconscious floating possibilities out there. We need to trust our instincts more. Unless we're an idiot, I mean. Sadly, idiots are always the last to know...
Sometimes it's good to know that the bad guys are so greedy that they basically do themselves in without Su having to do much. Haha. Love it!
Seriously. I guess this is what happens with entitled people - they think they can always bend the law to their own advantage and that they'll never get caught.
Our little sunny goofball pays attention to his feelings about things, see? Not such a goofball after all. I swear to God, Kakashi, it freaks me out a little, how often we have this synchronicity. I had no idea what you'd written and didn't even remember him making the comment!
And the Internets thank you for your synchronicity. Jingrui is by far one of my favourite characters in this show. Pay attention to those feelings Jingrui! He would make an excellent advisor to Prince Jing. I'm glad he's on Team Mei Chang Su.
Xie Yu is no dummy. It should be a fun battle of wits.
Oh Nihuang. If only you would scooch over a bit and snuggle up to Su gege under that blanket of his. It would help keep him warm. You know you want to. You know we want you to a well.
I like Pretty Zhuo! Whyyyyy does he have to be doing bad things?
Yay! Jingyan got a present! Give him all the presents! I also like Pretty Zhuo. It really is too bad that he fell in with the wrong crowd. He would be a great addition to Team Mei Chang Su.
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Aw! The warm fuzzy feels. Yujin looks so happy. It's so lovely!
It is a nice robe. I've decided I just really hate his wig.
*THUD* Hears the sound of women all over the world falling over with that smile.
Geez what's the big deal? They aren't even the size of regular eggs!
It's the symbol Jo, the symbol. I also think they are a delicacy. Consort Yue reminds me of a snake.
What did those poor guys ever do to you, Unpretty Zhuo? Wasn't it bad enough they had to work New Year's Eve?
Noooooooo!!! Don't be so bad Zhuo family. You are going to get Pretty Zhuo killed! No! That was a pretty cool sword trick though.
I do like him. Yes, he's playful and silly, but he's also observant, loyal, affectionate, and brave. Unless you're talking about wells. Or ghosts.
I got teary eyed just reading about this scene again. Despite all the terrible things that Su has endured, he is making the world around him, for the people he loves, a better place. Oh Yujin. You would also make an excellent advisor to Prince Jing. I love that all the people who are "disciples" of Mei Chang Su are such excellent people. He knows how to bring together good people.
Not sure how I feel about this. Should his guys have been better trained? Probably. The goal is not dying, after all. But otherwise...how is the Palace Guard responsible for outside the palace? It's not like Meng was even part of that group!
I think Meng Zhi is sort of in charge of all the guards, or maybe I'm getting that wrong. It is also another sign of the impulsive and reckless behaviour of the Emperor. Instead of being rational about things, he lashes out in violence. It's just more to demonstrate that he handles matters poorly and is not a good leader. I mean, he has 70,000 troops massacred, including one of his friends, Lin Xie, because of his violent, suspicious nature. I know he acts cute and harmlessly around his consorts, but he's not a good leader at all - he is violent and rash.
What? Su didn't know about it already, with his network?
Oh Su and Fei Liu are so cute. And I love that Fei Liu loves flowers. So cute. Mu Qing is also absolutely lovely. Ah! I just love this cast!
Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.
No one can stand against Su!
Su will get all the bad guys in the end!
CommentsXie Yu is Mei Changsu's real enemy - and it's going to be a tough battle, that much is clear. The man knows how to plot himself and once he starts going, people die. I have confidence that Su will stop these evil plans against Meng Zhi in time, but there is so much on Su's plate already. Keeping it all together must cost him immense energies.
I keep wondering how long he expects this all to take.
Mei Changsu just gets more and more impressive with each episode.
The biggest surprise in this episode was Yujin, though. It did not take much, but having his father turn to him and tell him about his hurts and plans meant the world to him. And it seems it unlocked something that he previously kept buried. A very thoughtful, very bright young man.
Our Sunny Boy is a bright spot!
I luff him!
This episode shows how much this drama is about virtue (德). Only very few characters in this show have it - a few struggle to get it, but most are horrible sinners. Social status, according to Daoism, is not a birth right, but follows from the amount of virtue that one demonstrates. The Monarch therefore must have virtue - if he does not, he will poison his subjects with his immorality.
Certain things roll down hill...
And Mei Changsu, he has virtue in buckets.